The PumpHouse: Scientists Teach An A.I. About Humanity

Date: February 22nd, 2021 - February 23rd, 2021

You are invited to our interactive training session (which, cunningly, takes the form of a sci-fi comedy show).

During our unmissable and unique event, participants and a team of scientists interact with A.I.R.I. (Artificial Intelligence Response Initiative), an AI with immense powers but with the naivety of an infant.

Using humour, empathy, humanity, and kindness, we attempt to teach our AIRI about what it means to be human.

What could possibly go wrong?

An AI will emerge sometime during the next few decades. Unlike a supercomputer, the AI will be self-aware and will have free will and a personality.
An AI will have no empathy, it won’t understand ethics, emotion, or nuance, and it won’t share our values. An AI will have its own purpose, and we might not even recognise what that is; from our perspective, it will be fabulously and unimaginably nonhuman, acting in unpredictable and bizarre ways. Potentially bonkers.

The AI will have access to all our financial, political, scientific, social, and personal data, and with free will, it can solve whatever problems it fancies, with solutions that are undecipherable, bizarre, or globally cataclysmic. Or personally and intimately beautiful.
With Godlike power, it will change human history forever. And nobody is prepared.
That is why we are acting now.


For more information and to book, visit The PumpHouse website here.

Encore Theatre Collective is proud to present a dazzling new production of Seussical The Musical, based on the immortal works of Dr Seuss. Seussical brings to life many infamous and well-loved Dr Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie La Bird and, of course, the Cat in the Hat. These characters and stories weave together in a whimsical and wacky musical extravaganza, played out against an uplifting score, and highlighting the show’s universal messages of love and acceptance – reminding us all that “a person’s a person, no matter how small.”

Since launching in 2019, Encore Theatre Collective has made an incredible mark on the Auckland theatre scene and redefined the standard of youth theatre in New Zealand. Hot on the heels of their sold-out season of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, the June season of Seussical features 120 of the country’s finest young talent, ranging in age from 9-23.

With spectacular choreography, unbelievable production design, and slick vocals, Encore Theatre Collective’s Seussical The Musical is the theatrical offering of 2021 that you will not want to miss!

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